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    1911 T205 Cycle Christy Mathewson (1 Loss) PSA EX+ 5.5 - Pop One, None Higher of This Scarce Variant. Without question, one of the most beautifully produced sets ever is the T205 Gold Border series. The stunning portraits and glorious color and fine detail are beyond compare. The rich gold metallic borders are the perfect adornment to encompass the mini-masterpiece of the lithographers art have captivated generations of fervent baseball fans. Like the T206 "Monster," cards are studied and compared in minute detail and collected not just by player but by the multiple brands of tobacco brands found on the reverse side of each card below the players name and a brief bio. With that in mind it is all the more surprising that this particular variant was not common knowledge for decades after initial issue.

    Christy Mathewson was a titan of his era. His reverse bio presents glowing praise and accolades. Naturally there is the inclusion of his W-L stats which should fail to impress no one. For the most part, information is correct and consistent but as great as Mathewson was, cards with the "Cycle Cigarettes" ad made him a virtual mound god. cards with the Cycle brand and only the Cycle brands list his W-L record form 1908 as 37 wins and 1 loss instead of 11 losses on a 1.43 ERA. Without a doubt Mathewson was great but not that great.

    Graded PSA EX+ 5.5. Matty's total T205 pop is now over 750 entries. This rare version is represented by just twenty-five noted on the census. This is the highest graded example!

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